Sunday, March 31, 2019

I Love Musicals, But My Husband Hates Them





Oh man, so when my husband and I started dating in high school, I asked if he liked musicals and he was like, "Not even a little bit."

I thought, okay, I can change him and MAKE him love musicals. So I would play music from Phantom of the Opera or The Sound of Music when he was around, and he'd be like, "Is there a wounded animal around here?" and I'd say, "NO, that's Maria singing Do-Re-Mi."

He sort of liked the music from Phantom, until someone started to sing, and then he'd be all, "They ruined it."

Then I'd start to say lines from the play, because surely he could relate somehow.

"The world showed no compassion to me!"

But he'd say, "That dude needs to stop whining."

So yeah, he's not into musicals. It freaks him out when people break out into song and it especially freaks him out when boys start dancing in tights. He's the typical military man, which is nice, don't get me wrong, but sometimes I wish he'd do a random pirouette while singing Shipoopi. Is that too much to ask?

Here's the funny part though: his daughter also loves musicals. She got a part in Mary Poppins Jr and wanted Tom to see it.

Of course he can't deny his little girl, so he said he'd go.

And we did!

Let me tell you, it was amusing to watch Tom's expressions while he watched.

They ranged from surprised:



To downright frightened:



Especially when some people from the play came down and sang right in front of us. I could hear Tom mutter, "Holy crap."





However. Natalie did awesome. That's her in the purple skirt.



And when she came on stage, Tom smiled a bit.

When the play was over, Tom said thoughtfully, "That was odd."

But when Natalie came out, he gushed how great she was. And she was. I love musicals, and I thought everyone did an amazing job. The teachers who put this together are heroes.




Also, the boy Natalie likes and who likes her back came to see her, and she practically fell over. Well, really, I think he also came to see a friend who was in the play as well, but Natalie didn't care, she was like, "Do you want to see who *insert boy name here* is?" and I went, "Sure, you can introduce me," and she nearly fell over from shock.

"I CAN'T DO THAT!" she hissed, and I scowled and went, "Why not?" and she went, "Okay, he's there in the black sweatshirt," and when I turned to look she went, "DON'T STARE AT HIM!" and I was like:



"HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE THEN IF I CAN'T LOOK?"


Natalie told me to casually turn my face like she said something funny, and I did that, and saw a boy across the way with dark hair. He was sort of peeking in our direction too, but quickly looked away.

"What's going on?" Tom asked. He had been observing all of this with confusion.

"Oh, the boy Natalie likes and who likes her back is here," I explained and Tom went, "I'll meet him," and Natalie went, "NO, YOU CAN'T!" because holy crap, Tom can be intimidating.

Tom went, "Okay then, can we leave?" because there was a lot of people around and he doesn't do well with crowds.



"I can't yet, I have to change," Natalie whispered. She was still flicking glances at the boy. Flick, flick, flick. It was like she was having a mini seizure.

"Could you go change then?" Tom asked, getting slightly impatient.

"Tom, the boy she likes is here, she's got to stare a bit. It's how it goes," I said.

Tom frowned.

"Do you want to go tell him hi?" I suggested after Natalie tossed her hair back which gave her another opportunity to gape at him.

It was like I had just let out a giant audible fart. Natalie gave me a horrified look. "I can't do that!"

I mean, what do I know? Communication isn't the same in Middle School I guess.

Eventually she went back and changed and tossed the boy once last look as she left. I saw him sort of peek over too.

Natalie absolutely loved doing the play and will be trying out again next year. She said being with everyone was like another family. Plus, she said she likes being around other people who like to randomly burst out into song and who appreciate dressing up.

(This is Natalie dressed as Alexander Hamilton. She hasn't seen that musical yet, but she loves the songs.)



Do you like musicals? 






73 comments:

  1. Musicals aren't for everyone and I'm one of them hahahaha amazing content and attempt to rope your husband in anyway :D

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  2. Which I guess is a problem xD Even I love musicals but I'm lucky in the family we all go crazy!

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  3. My husband and I both like musicals. Me more so than him but I can get him to go with me. How cute that the boy Natalie likes came to see her in the play.

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  4. Musicals are definitely not for everyone. I like some of them, but there are some that I don't, like the adaptation of Les Miserables. I found that one to be very boring, even if I love the book and the movie.

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  5. I love musicals! How fun for Natalie!

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  6. ha LOVE - i feel blessed that i met my hubby in college and when he told me he actually ENJOYS musicals I was shocked- we saw phantom of the opera twice together and RENT. :) my dad on the other hand hates it ha

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  7. My hubby will go to a musical, but not a play. If there is no music, he will fall asleep - he actually fell asleep during the Nutcracker in Boston LOL.

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  8. Wow your husband and my husband would get along just fine. Mine doesn't like musical either but I do enjoy them.

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  9. I absolutely love musicals! My husband wouldn't watch one even if I told him they were riding dirtbikes and shooting guns lol...sooooooo, my mum is my musical buddy :)

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  10. My husband loves musicals. He would go to musicals every weekend if I would let him. Looks like your daughter did have a great time. Sounds like she is starting to really get into noise and it is so cute to see that sometimes.

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  11. I don't think guys not liking musicals is a rarity. I'm sure if you polled 100 men, over half would say, "no way!". I give him credit for going with you. Your recollections of his expressions are hilarious! Also, your exchange with Nat over the boy is so funny, and I'm glad to know I'm not the only parent to ever be told by their tween not to stare!

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  12. Haha me and the other half are exactly the same I adore musicals but he absolutely hates them! I drive him insane with them at times.

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  13. I like musicals when my kids are in them. Haha! I haven't been to many. Congrats on your daughter's successful musical!

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  14. I love musicals! My best friend and I went to see Rent. It was the last tour with Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal (the ones who played Mark and Roger in the movie version) and I wanted to see it with them in it. It was pretty amazing!

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  15. My husband and I both like musicals. We went to the lion king last summer and what a bliss! It's good that he still went to his daughter's musical!

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  16. My husband would also cringe even if I try to explain why some can be good he just ignores and never tries to see any. I love some of them.

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  17. My husband would also cringe even if I try to explain why some can be good he just ignores and never tries to see any. I love some of them.

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  18. I too love musicals. My favorite one is Annie and I sing the songs all the time.

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  19. I'm iffy on musicals but some of them are awesome! So I think you're BOTH right!

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  20. I couldn't help but smile at the recap of your conversation regarding the boy Natalie likes. Ah middle school days, so sweet! I love musicals, but have never seen one live.

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  21. My husband isnt overly keen to be honest, but I drag him along anyway and he usually enjoys them!

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  22. What a wonderful experience for your daughter and your whole family! Our family loves musicals, and when our daughters were young they participated in about 8 of them over the years. Such a great tradition for viewers and participants!

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  23. Dads really will do anything for their little girls! My husband hates musicals too, but I absolutely love them!

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  24. I'm glad the show went well and it's funny that you witnessed a little school drama afterwards too! Congrats to the cast!

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  25. My husband will tell you that he hates musicals... but I've caught him watching them more than once.

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  26. I adore them. My cousin is a Broadway dancer, for Kinky Boots, which is closing soon. They had a long run!

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  27. I like going to the shows, but I don't normally like movies or TV shows that are musicals. I am glad to see that middle school dating is as confusing to parents as it was when my kids were in middle school.

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  28. I love musicals so much too! Apparently, I still watch High School Musical up to date...I just can't help it. You can relate, right?

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  29. hahaa this was funny in the beginning. Making your husband like the Musicals. Ya some people do no like it. Your daughter's story is sweet to read.

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  30. Hahaha, this is so funny. I don't know if I relate more to your husband who hates musicals or your daughter who is easily embarrassed . Love the structure of your post!

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  31. Seems like Natalie has developed a love for theater as well. SO cute that she has a crush... and that he likes her back.

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  32. My partner and I both love musicals. We attend lot of such events.

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  33. I haven't seen a musical yet, but my husband had seen a few in NYC before. I would love to watch one with him one day. -Lynndee

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  34. Oh my! The look on Tom's face is so hilarious. I performed in musicals for a large part of my life so I do enjoy them. Wait! Does that mean that Tom doesn't like the movie The Greatest Showman? It was amazing! My daughter will be in a musical next week and I can't wait to see her perform.

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  35. Musicals are a very exciting way to watch entertainment. It really helps to separate it from reality, making it more enjoyable imo!

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  36. I've never been a fan of the musical myself, but I should give it another try. It was mostly as a kid I didn't enjoy them much, but I could have been too immature.

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  37. I have to say that we aren't really into musicals either, but we thoroughly enjoyed our school's production. Glad you guys enjoyed the show!

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  38. Yes I do love musicals and I love opera as well. While living in NYC I became a Broadway addict. Natalie is so cute and you're the coolest mom ever!

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  39. I too like you love musicals because they excite me, give joy and fantastic messages are a shame not being able to share this emotion with those you love.

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  40. This was a fun read! I also like musicals but my husband hates them! Good to see everything turned out well!

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  41. I enjoyed your article, you have describe it very well, don't try to chat him, if he is don't like musical. We both like musical and my kids too.

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  42. I'm really iffy on musicals. I like them SOMETIMES but they're never my first choice. BUT to each their own!

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  43. We love music at home, my little one likes to sing all around the house all the time. Sorry to hear that your husband doesn't like it just a little bit. Music helps us to relax and feel happy.

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  44. I’ve actually never attended a musical before. I’m open to the idea of attending one.

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  45. That's hilarious. I can imagine the look on Tom's face when he was muttering, Holy Crap. Congrats to Natalie for a great performance.

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  46. We're the opposite in this house. My partner is very musical and loves to sing all the time, even in public etc. I, however, do not. He likes to watch musicals from time to time, while I prefer a good horror.

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  47. This was the joyous post I needed to read! I love musicals and live for embarrassing anyone around me by breaking out into song and dance!

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  48. oh I love musicals and can't get enough of them...I am so lucky that my partner also loves musicals.

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  49. My husband doesn't dislike musicals, but he's also not a huge fan. If I am excited about going to see one, he'll come along without complaint - but it's not something he'd suggest for an evening outing together lol

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  50. I like musicals. My husband never did. So when I did go, it was with some combination of my kids as they got older.

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  51. Looks really cute. haha! You can't force him. It's okay as long as he doesn't stop you from doing what you do. haha! <3

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  52. Oh well we have something in common my husband hates musicals when I want to see one I need to invite a friend.

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  53. I love your banter with Natalie! So cute! And it's so awesome that your husband ended up going even though it's not really his thing. It must have meant the world to Natalie! My husband "says" he's not a fan of musicals, but everytime he goes, he has as much fun as I do!

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  54. I am a big fan of musicals and I am so thankful that even my husband loves it.I remember my grade school life acting in a musical when I saw her. Such a beautiful memories.

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  55. It's fun that your daughter is into musicals so you can share that bond with her. Hopefully she continues her acting

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  56. I love musicals and ballets! But my husband hates ballets. So I understand what are you talking about!

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  57. I think that would be perfect to me because I really love musical! I'll sure to check it out!

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  58. Hubby watched a couple of Broadway shows in NYC before but that was before we met. I'd love to watch one. Someday, I hope. -LYNNDEE

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  59. My entire family loves musicals! I hope to take the kids on a trip to New York to see live Broadway musicals when this is all over.

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  60. I love this! I can just envision your husband's responses lol

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  61. We have this issue too but it is weird becausse my husband did theater in school and choir. Apparently he didn't think the two should mix.

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  62. My kids and I love musicals, but my husband is like yours. He just doesn't get it. As soon as they start singing, he's out.

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  63. It has been quite a few years since I went to a musical. My husband doesn't love them but he doesn't hate them either.

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  64. Musicals aren't my favorite but I like them. Does Greatest Showman count? Because that's one I was pretty obsessed with.

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  65. I love musicals too. I'm lucky my sister does as well so I always go with her.

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  66. I am a huge fan of musicals. My faves are Les Mis and Wicked...of course!! My husband does enjoy them too!

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  67. That's great that he came out to support her musical. I am not always a fan of musicals, but it is great to see all the hard work come together.

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  68. I love musicals - especially when they're put on by the community theaters or the schools! It's been a bit since I've had the chance to see one in person

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  69. It has been a while I saw a musicals, my hubby is not that fan, but I love it. Your post made me rekindle my musical watching experiences with friends.

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  70. Awww, it's nice that he supported her through her musical. I love musical too!

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  71. I am a big fan of musicals! I was actually in them when I was younger.

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  72. I love musical and the boyfriend.. well, he has to like it, too! LOL

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